BYOD - Bring Your Own Device

In 2016 St Philip's College introduced the BYOD (Bring your own device) policy, whereby all senior students in Years 10, 11 & 12 are expected to bring a laptop which fits within a boundary of specifications. Further information regarding specifications and device suggestions can be found below.

Dear Parents,

In 2016 the College changed its IT policies and student laptop usage in the Senior School (Years 10, 11 and 12).

The College originally supplied laptops to students enrolled in the senior years in response to funding supplied by the Commonwealth Government. These were replaced four years ago and were largely funded by the College. After four years the laptops have reached a point where their functionality and reliability is very limited.

In 2015 the College made a significant investment to upgrade our IT infrastructure including our connectivity (AARnet), the network and ancillary infrastructure. Work to improve wireless connectivity is ongoing across the campus.

After much consideration a decision was taken to move to a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy. Under this new policy, students are expected to bring a laptop which fits within a boundary of specifications that make it appropriate to student needs and allows it to be connected to the College network. The specifications allow for a choice of either Mac or PC.

St Philip’s is committed to creating a 21st century learning environment which empowers its students and enhances the use of technology in their learning. This policy, in part, has been made in response to an increased number of requests from students to use their own laptops, thus giving them choice. The new policy will also enhance the students’ attachment and appreciation for their own laptop and hopefully deepen and personalise their learning experience.

The guidelines regarding minimum requirements can be found below. We have endeavoured to allow for options which are as affordable as possible. For example, laptops of minimum specification are currently available for as little as $300. Please keep in mind that software upgrades often demand more powerful devices and the minimum requirements will shift upwards as time passes.

Subjects which require computers of higher specification are run in computer laboratories equipped with suitable desktop machines. If a student wishes to be able to work effectively in these subject areas on their own laptop at home it is important to purchase a device which has suitable specifications. If you are interested in making a purchase for this purpose and have any doubt regarding what is required please contact Damian Tite in our IT department.

Along with specifications of suitable laptops, we also have links below to some examples of purchase plans offered by some suppliers if you wish to spread payments over two years and a list of frequently asked questions.

If you feel that the change in policy is going to create significant financial hardship, please contact me at the College.

This is an exciting time when the College has made substantial investment in IT, and can now offer users a much more powerful and flexible service to enhance teaching and learning.


1. BYOD Device Specifications (updated August 2018)
2. Frequently Asked Questions
3. BYOD for Education for Dummies (understand BYOD, choose the right device for your child, get the processing power you need)